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Matlama date SA Under-23s

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — South Africa’s Under-23 football side have set a date with Matlama and the local national Under-23 team on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Both matches will be played at Bambatha Tsita Stadium.

Lesotho Football Association technical director Seephephe Matete said South Africa had requested the two matches to prepare for their All Africa Games qualifying match against Angola.

“The South African Under-23 team has written a letter to us requesting friendly matches against Matlama and our local Under-23 team,” he told the Sunday Express.

“They are going to play Angola in their All Africa Games qualifying match and are using these friendly games to prepare themselves.”

Matete said the matches would provide good practice as well for Matlama and the national Under-23s who are preparing for their own international assignments.

Matlama are scheduled to face South African champions Supersport on January 29 in a Caf Champions League match at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

The Under-23s will play Malawi in the return leg of their All Africa Games qualifying match next Sunday at Setsoto Stadium.

“It’s not only the South Africans who are going to benefit from these games but our local teams must use them to prepare for their different international assignments,” Matete said.

“It is also going to give the Under-23s some practice to be hungry to win a game because I am told they were relaxed when they played against Malawi.”

The local youth side lost 3-0 to Malawi in the first leg of their All Africa Games qualifier played in Blantyre last weekend.

South Africa were initially excluded from the All Africa Games qualifying campaign because they had missed the registration deadline.

Their qualifier against Angola will be played in February in Luanda.

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